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Qatar 2022 is fast-becoming the World Cup of upsets and we witnessed yet another on Sunday at the Al-Thumama Stadium as Morocco produced a memorable 2-0 win over Belgium.

In truth, it was a thoroughly deserved victory for the Atlas Lions against an underwhelming Belgium side that looked every-inch the team that Kevin de Bruyne said had passed their best when he spoke ahead of the game.

Abdelhamid Sabiri deceived Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a free-kick to open the scoring, before another substitute Abdelhamid Sabiri added a second late-on to secure the victory. 

Morocco secured a memorable World Cup upset by defeat Belgium 2-0 on Sunday afternoon

Morocco secured a memorable World Cup upset by defeat Belgium 2-0 on Sunday afternoon

It was an embarrassing defeat for Roberto Martinez's side who were far from their best

It was an embarrassing defeat for Roberto Martinez's side who were far from their best 

Following the enthralling clash, Sportsmail has rated both teams' players. 


Belgium (4-2-3-1)

Thibaut Courtois - A disastrous performance from the Real Madrid stopper. He was caught out for THE disallowed Ziyech goal before making an even worse error for Sabiri's opener, as he was beaten at his near post. 4

Thibaut Courtois struggled and was caught out for Abdelhamid Sabiri's opening goal

Thibaut Courtois struggled and was caught out for Abdelhamid Sabiri's opening goal

Thomas Meunier - Endured a torrid time on the right, consistently tormented by Boufal before he was subbed for Lukaku late-on. 5

Toby Alderweireld - Looked every inch the 33-year-old in this performance as he struggled to deal with Morocco's skilful front three. 5

Jan Vertonghen - Him and Alderweireld were once the Premier League's best defensive pairing but, like his partner, Vertonghen looked past his best here. 5

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen struggled to deal with Morocco's attackers throughout

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen struggled to deal with Morocco's attackers throughout

Timothy Castagne - Given the task of dealing with Ziyech by playing at left-back, Castagne contributed in the first 20 minutes when Belgium controlled the game before fading badly. 6

Axel Witsel - Failed to really offer much in a static Red Devils midfield that consistently looked passive and took too many touches in their build-up play.

Amadou Onana - Booked early on but was one of the better Belgium players as he tried to show his physicality before being hooked on the hour mark. 6

Kevin de Bruyne - Tried to get involved in build-up play and looked bright in the first half, but was far from his best - also came under heavy criticism for his pre-game comments. 6.5

Eden Hazard - A shadow of his former self, it is a sad sight to see how far Hazard has fallen from someone who was one of the world's most talented attackers during his Chelsea career. 5

Belgium captain Eden Hazard was a shadow of his former self during the Group F clash

Belgium captain Eden Hazard was a shadow of his former self during the Group F clash

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